Crowns and Bridges
Even patients who are very diligent about taking good care of their oral health may need a tooth repaired at some point. If you have a tooth that is broken or missing, it causes a host of problems when you are eating, and it may even cause you to feel self-conscious about interacting with other people. A dental crown or bridge may be the right solution to restore your smile, and your team at Nordonia Dental Group can help!
Dental Crowns Restore Broken Teeth
Preserving your own tooth if possible is always the best scenario when a tooth is broken, cracked, traumatized, or infected. A crown fits over your remaining tooth structure like a cap, and it's designed to restore your entire tooth while protecting your natural root. Ceramic porcelain is used for most crowns because it can be customized for a flawless smile.
Your Northfield dentist will typically recommend a crown in these situations:
- When an old filling or crown is compromised, too large, or needs repair
- For a tooth decayed beyond what a filling can restore
- To strengthen a tooth after root canal therapy
- To restore a fractured or broken tooth
A Dental Bridge Replaces Missing Teeth
If you have one or more teeth next to each other that are missing, a dental bridge could be an ideal solution for you. A bridge relies on crowns that anchor to your healthy teeth to hold one or more multiple prosthetic teeth in place. This appliance is fixed, which means it’s not removable and you won’t have to worry about movement or slippage.
Keeping your anchor teeth clean and healthy with regular checkups and daily brushing is the key to the longevity of your bridge and will ensure that you can enjoy it for 5-10 years.
What You Can Expect When You Get a Dental Crown or Bridge
The process for completing a dental crown or bridge is relatively straightforward and typically takes around two weeks with two visits to Nordonia Dental Group. During your first visit, your dentist prepares your tooth for its new restoration. You will wear a temporary version of your crown or bridge after this visit while you wait for your new restoration to be crafted at a dental laboratory.
At your second visit, your new dental crown or bridge will be permanently placed and adjusted to ensure that your bite functions just as it should so you can eat and chew with ease. Now you’re off to enjoy your newly restored smile!
If you have a tooth that is broken or missing, we will be happy to discuss your treatment options with you. Contact your Northfield dental office at (330) 467-6466 to learn more about how our dentists can restore your smile.